Welcome to the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science. The Department, part of the Earth Sciences Program that includes the collocated Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in atmospheric and oceanic sciences, and climate earth sciences.
The department's research strengths are reinforced by strong collaborations leading to joint research topics with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland Departments of the Environment and of Natural Resources, the National Centers for Environmental Prediction of the National Weather Service, the NOAA Satellite and Air Research Laboratories, all of which are located near the campus.
James Carton, Professor and Chairman
On November 15, 2017, AOSC once again showed our strong presence in fluid dynamics research at the Annual Burgers Symposium. Professor Fuqing Zhang of Penn State University gave the Burgers Lecture on “The -5/3' atmospheric energy spectra, and the ultimate limit of weather predictability.” Our own Professor Raghu Murtugudde on “Indian summer monsoon: natural variability or a portent of what is to come?” Four young scientists from AOSC presented their work in the poster Session: Yun Liu on "A Joint land Atmosphere Carbon Data Assimilation System"; Cory Martin on "Evaluation of High-Resolution WRF-Chem Simulation of CO2 in the Baltimore/Washington Area”; William Miller on "Simulating the Unusual Looping Track and Rapid Intensification of Hurricane Joaquin (2015)”; Nancy Qin on "Numerical Simulation of Rapid Intensifying Hurricane Patricia (2015)”.
Congratulations to William Miller who won the best poster award for CMNS!